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Charming as ever

Bhanupriya is back on screen after a brief hiatus


BHANUPRIYA IS a no-airs actress who has carved a niche

for herself in both Telugu and Tamil movies for nearly two decades. She made a mark with her very first Telugu film Sitara released in the 1980s.

"Before I entered Telugu films, I had done a Tamil film Mella Pesunghzal. Then came Prema Deepalu (Telugu) which got delayed while Sitara made it to the box office,'' says Bhanu as she is affectionately called on the sets of Sravana Maasam-Pellilla Season.

Despite marriage and motherhood she looks radiant. Even the weight she has gained post-maternity, she is slowly shedding.

Recalling those initial years when a Tamil director cast her as a heroine, Bhanupriya says, "Though I used to watch film shootings, I never ever dreamt that I would become a star. To me, at that young age, a star meant glamour and I thought I wouldn't fit the bill. As a child I remember wrapping my mother's sari around clumsily and prattling long dialogues in front of the mirror. I started learning dance from the age of six and continued till I got busy with films. I nearly drew a blank on my first day at shooting. Gradually I learnt a lot on the sets"

Even today with hundred hits to boot, Bhanupriya still thinks her memorable performances came her way as a "matter of luck," rather than admit her acting talent.

If Swarna Kamalam (K. Vishwanath) put her on the pedestal as a dancer, films such as Pavitra (not a runaway hit) Sravanameghalu, Azhagan, Aararo Aariraro (Tamil) established her as a versatile actress. Whatever the role she essayed, whether in Malayalam, Telugu or Tamil, Bhanupriya gave a powerful performance.

She decided to settle down in life and got married to the U.S.-based Adarsh Kaushal (son of dancer Sumathi Kaushal). "After marriage I cut down on my film assignments. Later, I did a couple of teleserials such as Shakti. This suits me as I can look after my kid and also keep myself occupied." Does she not miss fame and the milling fans that she has been accustomed to all these years?

"Not at all. I was happy then to with all the popularity. Now I am content being a wife and a mother. I also have the time to turn to my first love — dance," she says.

RANEE KUMAR

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